Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies (best sugar cookie recipe)

filed under: Sugar Cookies on December 22, 2010

Home of the ORIGINAL Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookie!!

If you are looking for THAT sugar cookie… the one that is the perfect combination of sweetness, buttery crispness, and that goes perfectly with piping glaze… this is that cookie. It has won awards and been a part of more cookie exchanges than I can count! It never fails to get praise and folks are always asking for the recipe!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

The BEST sugar cookie recipe ever!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
Servings: 15 cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 4 cups (448g) All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined.
  4. Add in vanilla and almond extract; mix until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are. (I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined.)

  6. Put dough in some Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes.

My church’s youth group is having an ugly sweater party tonight, complete with a Baking Contest.  Since I am a local celebrity and all (you know, the kind of celebrity that you see late at night on the weather channel being filmed during a massive tornado saying something like, “Its like, windy out.”  Yeah.  Thats me.) I was asked to be a judge!

Then Mr. Chris, the Youth Pastor, decided it would be neat if I could make a couple cookies for the winners.  Two winners.  One for taste and the other for festive-ness.

Seeing as I am cutting edge in terms of fashion* I knew I needed to do some ‘ugly sweater’ research.  I gotta tell ya, it was the best research ever.

*Please tell me that flour and peanut butter covered Hanes t-shirts and jeans are cutting edge.

Here are some of my favorites.





I think I recognize a relative in there.  This keen sense of style might run in the family.

But! This is a baking blog so I figure I will show you the two cookies I made.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

This is my ‘busy” ugly Christmas sweater.

I am most certainly not saying it is based on anything in my closet.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

And this is my ‘weird eyed Rudolf with a red nose that sticks out way too far and is covered with gravy and mashed potatoes by the end of the night’ ugly Christmas sweater.

Again, these are not similar to anything that might currently reside in my home.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

Since they are supposed to be a prize (I feel sorry for the winners!) I made them big… they are bigger than my hand.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

It was so much fun to make, I cant wait to make more!

I used my favorite glaze icing to decorate these cookies.  So much better than royal icing!

Merry Christmas!

My recipe tastes better and hardens beautifully. You can stack these cookies but will never break a tooth!

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  • JoAnn says:

    I wish I had an ounce of your talent (and patience). These are sooooooo cute!

  • Anne M. says:

    These made me laugh out loud!!!!! 😀
    What a wonderful idea!!!!!
    Only you could make ugly Christmas sweaters into something so adorable. 🙂
    And I’m so in on the contest next year!!!!

  • Erin @ Making Memories says:

    These are so stinkin’ hilarious!!!

  • Kristin Morris says:

    No matter how cute Colin Firth can be, I think the rudolph sweater looks bette rin cookie form! 🙂

  • Kristina Vanni says:

    These are just too funny! My dad is a little bit obsessed with 80’s style “Cosby Sweaters” and we tease him every Christmas!

  • Melanie Lee says:

    This morning, The Today Show on NBC-TV (12/11/2012) had a feature about a small business selling ugly Christmas sweater cookies! (That’s not you, is it?)

    • Amanda says:

      Nope! Not me. Think it was some gal on Etsy.

  • Ashley says:

    Those look amazing! I tried to make them at home using a cookie cutter but the cookies ballooned up. Any suggestions on where I went wrong? Thanks!

  • Kelly says:

    Oh my gosh! The cookies are adorable and I’ve now gone and ordered a sweater cookie cutter. I know what I’ll be giving away for some of my gifts this year. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Doris Novak says:

    Your recipes sound delicious. Will try them soon. Definitely will follow you from now on. Thank you for printing out all these goodies.

  • Maryann Gerber says:

    Hello-I’m going to be making these Ugly Christmas Cookies at a Senior place for the residents. Could you tell me how you did the frosting for these Ugly cookies? would be very much appreciated.

  • Maryann Gerber says:

    Is there a reason why you use the unsalted butter?

  • Cam says:

    I add 2 oz. Cream cheese and it makes these cookies even better! These are my all time favorite!

    • Amanda says:

      Great idea!!

  • gsmith says:

    Hey Amanda I made these cookies last year and they turned out awesome…I love all of your recipes that I’ve tried… last year when I made this recipe I thought it called for 5 cups of flour…however I don’t totally trust my memory so I just mixed it up with the 4 cups of flour as this recipe calls for and the dough was too sticky so I added 1 more cup and the dough was definitely the consistency for cookies….so was wondering if that was a typo since you’ve done some updating on your site? Just didn’t want a new baker to get discouraged….Thanks for all your wonderful recipes

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